For those who suffer from the side affects of chemotherapy, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, inability to eat enough to maintain weight, glaucoma, and other medical conditions that may be relieved with marijuana must turn to their doctors and request Marinol prescriptions.
The question that many have is…“Why can’t I just legally smoke marijuana instead?” The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulates drugs that are illegal and that fall under controlled substances. None of the FDA approved medications are ever administered through smoking. Marijuana is commonly smoked so the FDA cannot approve marijuana use for the treatment of health problems and diseases that may benefit from marijuana use. The reasons that smoking marijuana is not legalized for medical use:
The FDA acknowledges the benefits of marijuana in treatment for a growing list of health problems, treatment side affects, and diseases, so that is why it has approved the use of Marinol with a prescription.
There is still some controversy regarding smoking marijuana or taking Marinol to treat illnesses and pain. Even with the concerns listed above, many supporters of legalizing smoking marijuana feel that smoking marijuana is more affective and provides faster relief to pain and to treat side affects of treatments like chemotherapy.
Marinol is the brand name for the generic prescription drug called dronabinol, which is man-made form of THC. It was not until 1986 that Marinol was made available to patients, with a prescription. Marinol is commonly prescribed to patents to treat the side affects of chemotherapy treatments and to treat wasting syndrome that HIV/AIDS patients suffer from.
Capsules for oral administration of Marinol:
Metabolism of prescription Marinol:
Elimination of prescription Marinol:
Marinol prescriptions will continue to be prescribed to help people with a variety of health issues.
Find out more about Marinol.